Setting the Scene
Who: No. 1 Bucknell (14-1-2, 8-1-0 PL) vs. No. 6 Lafayette (7-7-3, 3-5-1 PL)
When: Friday, November 4 – 4 p.m.
Where: Emmitt Field at Holmes Stadium, Lewisburg, Pa.
Webcast: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com
About the Bison
>> Bucknell clinched the Patriot League regular season title last Saturday with a 1-0 win at Army West Point. Kendall Ham scored the lone goal in the victory, while Jessica Ratner made two stops to help the Bison earn their fifth regular season title in program history.
>> The Bison placed a league-eight players on All-Patriot League teams, while claiming three major awards. Ham was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, while Ratner earned Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year accolades. Head coach Kelly Cook was named Patriot League Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
>> Joining Ham and Ratner on the First Team All-Patriot League squad are Maddie Mulford and Karli Cirovski, each earning their first all-league honor. Alexis Gannon earned second team all-league accolades, along with Meghan Holtz and Jackie Ham, who each earned all-league citations a season ago, while Ali Russo earned a spot on the third team.
>> Bucknell remains the Patriot League’s top offensive team, leading the conference in points (136), goals (47) and assists (42). The Bison rank third in the nation in scoring offense (2.76), fifth in total goals and third in points per game (8.0).
>> The Bison have the top two scorers in the Patriot League on their roster. Ham leads the league in points (34) and goals (15), while Mulford ranks second in those categories with 26 points and nine goals, while her eight assists are most in the Patriot League.
>> Bucknell is outscoring its opponents 47-10, including a 26-4 margin in the second half.
>> The Bison defense has allowed just 10 goals all season, the fewest in the Patriot League. Bucknell has posted nine shutouts this year.
>> Bucknell is 21-2-4 in its last 27 games.
>> The Bison are 12-1-1 at Emmitt Field over the last two seasons.
Scouting the Leopards
>> Lafayette advanced to the PL Tournament Semifinals following a 1-0 victory at third-seeded Lehigh on Tuesday. Joanna Scotti scored the game-winning goal in the 109th minute off a corner kick from Kaelin King, as the Leopards earned its first-ever postseason victory.
>> Melissa Lynskey leads Lafayette in points (19) and goals (9) this season. Her 19 points rank third in the Patriot League and her nine goals are tied for second.
>> Lafayette is 3-4-2 on the road this season.
>> Friday’s contest will be the first-ever meeting between the Bison and Leopards in postseason play.
>> Bucknell is 19-6-2 all-time against the Leopards, including a 12-0-2 mark in the last 14 matches.
>> The Bison defeated Lafayette 4-0 earlier this year in Lewisburg.
Patriot League Tournament History
>> Bucknell is 6-13-4 all-time in the Patriot League Tournament, which dates back to 1990. The Bison have advanced to the championship game four times in school history.
>> Bucknell was the No. 2 seed in the tournament last season, defeating Navy 3-0 before falling to three-time defending champion Boston University by a 1-0 margin.
>> The Bison have won league titles in 2001 and 2005.
>> Ham ranks seventh in points (65) and goals (29) on Bucknell’s all-time lists. She needs three points to pass Jennifer Margolis for sixth and two goals to pass Kerry McDonnell for sixth.
>> Ratner has accumulated 28 goalkeeper wins in her career. She needs two victories to move into a tie for most all-time.
Patriot League Tournament Schedule
Nov. 4 – Semifinals
No. 1 Bucknell vs. No. 6 Lafayette, 4 p.m.
No. 2 Boston University vs. No. 5 Navy, 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 – Championship Game
TBD, 1 p.m.